Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Food Lion Holiday Tickets promo is back (collect 6 of 8)

Food Lion runs these holiday programs in the fall and spring and it's a great way to help offset the huge cost of a holiday meal.  Considering the cost of a thanksgiving meal was nearly $50 last year, getting a $20 coupon to help pay for the fixings is a great help to families.

How the Shop, Collect, Earn holiday $20 coupon program works:
  • Shop 6 of 8 weeks and spend at least $40 to earn the ticket.  The $40 does not include typical things like gift cards, alcohol, lottery, tobacco, stamps, and services like Western Union.
  • Keep your tickets in a safe place (I can't tell you how many I misplaced!) and save them up until you have at least 6 to be able to claim your ticket.  The last time I claimed, this was able to be done at the register versus the service desk.  
  • In order to have the ticket generated at the catalina machine, you will need to ensure that your purchases are done between 10/1 and 11/25.  If you do not receive a catalina, ask for it before you leave the store.  Sometimes things happen!  But stay and ask them to get you a ticket generated.
  • You will have until 12/9 to redeem your tickets for the $20 coupon.
  • The $20 coupon expires on 12/16.  

Sam's Club shoppers: Save big on select gift cards

Sam's Club is selling select gift cards at big savings.  There are many that are out of stock online right now, but check back as they may just re-stock them.

When I mention price below, please note that these are typically sold as a two-pack (so two $25's per pack for total of $50) or 5-pack (five $10 cards).  These ship free. 

Also, these may/may not be available for purchase at your local Sam's Club.  Check your local store to see what's available there.

Some that are sold out include...

Carmike Cinemas $50 which sold for $39.98
2 AMC gold tickets for $16.98
Uno Grill $50 for $39.98
Timmy Ho's $50 for $42.48
Firehouse Subs $50 for $39.98

Homeschoolers can join Pizza Hut's 'Book It!" program -- still enrolling!

Did you know that homeschooling families can sign up for Pizza  Hut's Book It program?  I was able to sign up today and got a confirmation email.  Here's the rundown on the program.  You'll need to check some boxes to complete your registration.  It's a month past the typical deadline of 9/1, BUT you can still apply.  They just have the right to accept applications on a first come, first served basis.  There's still room for regular teachers to apply too.

You must certify that:
  • Your child is K-6
  • Is between ages of 5-12 as of September 1
  • The Book It certificates will only be used to motivate reading
  • That you won't trade, transfer, sell, copy, alter, or purchase these certificates. 
  • One order per household.
  • Each individual family must apply -- no longer accepting homeschool groups/co-ops.
I received an email right away letting me know that the materials would mail soon.  This is their 30th year for the program.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day ~~ September 27, 2014

This Saturday, September 27, 2014, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Do you have unwanted/expired prescription drugs?  That root canal last year might have left you with some pain pills or antibiotics that you don't need.  You don't feel comfortable putting them in the trash or flushing them for environmental reasons.  

You forget about them, but someone pawing through your medicine cupboard knows just what they're looking for in there.  I have read countless stories of family members unaware that their teens or other guests were helping themselves to long-forgotten Vicodin or other drugs.  I have even had friends tell me about guests in their home that they heard going through their medicine cabinet (BTW, the bathroom is the worst place to store medicine!). 

If you don't need them now, don't keep those old rx's hanging around.  Turn them in at one of these events (image above will take you to a site where you can punch in your zip and find the closest participating police station/acceptance point.)

Double #walmartsavingscatcher rewards with BlueBird card

If you've already joined the ranks of Walmart shoppers who have signed up for the Walmart Savings Catcher rewards program, you probably have a few bucks earned back from your purchases.  But what if you could double that? 

You might have noticed Bluebird cards hanging out in every nook and cranny in Walmarts in the past year or so.  These are American Express cards that act like a checking account of sorts (though they are clear on their website that it is NOT a bank.)  Check out Bluebird here.

Where the tie in between the programs occurs is that if you have a Bluebird card, you can redeem your Walmart Savings Catcher earnings to your Bluebird card.  From now until February 28, 2015, you can redeem your Savings Catcher money to your Bluebird card as Walmart Buck$.  These Walmart Buck$ can only be used at Walmart, at not at Sam's Club or any other retailers (McD, hair cutting places, etc. that have tenancy in a Walmart building). 

You redeem them by paying with your Bluebird card at checkout. There is also a limit of $599.99 per calendar year for double bucks program monies, so you will want to keep that in mind if you are a hard and heavy shopper/saver wanting to transfer money over.

That said, if you're open to opening a Bluebird account and you have a lot of Savings Catcher Rewards, it's a great way to double your money in time for holiday shopping.  


Walmart Savings Catcher site
Bluebird card site

Disclosure:  This is not a paid post.  I apologize if it comes off that way!  I am simply sharing program information that I feel my readers might want to know about.  I shop at Walmart, but I do not have a Bluebird card.  Please be sure to do your research on the Bluebird card (I have linked to info above) before you make any financial decisions.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9/19: Annual Talk like a Pirate Day post (free donuts at Krispy Kreme)

Yes, it's hard to believe that there's actually a day, once a year (thankfully), that's dedicated to talking like a pirate.  That day is Friday, September 19.

Krispy Kreme is offering a free dozen of donuts if you dress up in Pirate garb, wearing at least three items from their list (linked to, above).  Heck, they even link to places you can print an eye patch so this is a low-cost costume opportunity.  Think about your officemates.  They will appreciate the lengths you go to to provide donuts to round out the week.  Alas, KK is 35 miles away from me, else I might give it a whirl.

If you don't want to dress like a pirate, you can enter their store and talk like one to receive a free donut. 

Restrictions:  This offer is valid in US and Canadian stores only.  Sorry, Puerto Rico, Spartanburg/Anderson, SC and all of CT.  This offer is not valid for you.  One free donut per customer.  One free dozen per customer.  And, most important of all:  NO WEAPONS ALLOWED.   Leave your cavalier at home (that's a sword, for you landlubbers :)

Hurry: Double points for Coke/Diet Coke 12 pack codes, BUT...

Are you on My Coke Rewards Beta?  If you're not, you should definitely migrate on over.  The rewards are somewhat more plentiful and different (such as Amazon being a redeemable prize) if you're at least silver.  So get social, will ya?

For a very limited time (thru 9/19), MCR Beta members can enter 12 pack codes from Coke, Diet Coke, or Coke Zero.  That means 20 points instead of 10.  But this is only if you enter them on the Beta site.  If you're not a Beta member, you should know you can enter codes on the regular site and the Beta site, but it all goes into your account the same way.  However, the Beta site does offer some benefits that the other site does not (and this is one of them).  So definitely come on over.  I have an online friend who won a contest from the Beta site --- $200 prize, just recently.  

50 point Kellogg's Family Rewards Code (9/25 expiry)

Kellogg's Family Rewards listed a new 50 point code on their Facebook page today.  Use code THROWBACKBONUS50 to boost your account 50 points. 

Don't forget:  You can get a 1,000 bonus for entering codes from Keebler Cookies through 9/29.

Jonesing for some Joe?  Look for specially marked packages of Kellogg's Special K to get special codes to enter for a free sample of Gevalia (1 code) and/or Gevalia 12 oz bag or K-cups (4 codes).  That offer expires 2/28/2015.  I found some of these smps at Walmart.  Tip:  If your smp is for a special program like this, write that on the code if you don't immediately enter codes in.

Wendy's Halloween coupon books: $1 per book of coupons

Participating Wendy's restaurants will have Halloween coupon books for sale with coupons for free junior frosties inside.  Each booklet of coupons will cost $1 and, according to the press release, may have either 5 or 10 coupons inside (depends on the store), though the infographic attached to the release said 5 per booklet.   Check your local store to see which booklet they're offering for sale.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Comcast's Internet Essentials: Affordable internet for lower income families

Lower income Americans who are in areas where Comcast is available can apply for Comcast's special program called Internet Essentials.  Those accepted into the Internet Essentials will receive internet access for just $9.95 a month.

Current promotion -- limited time

Comcast is currently offering --- through September 20, 2014 -- six (6) month's of free internet if you apply for Comcast's Internet Essentials program by 9/20.  

You can apply online or over the phone.  They are currently offering amnesty in certain cases for past due amounts.  If you have a past due balance, but still want to apply, you will need to apply by phone at 1-855-846-8376.